Rhode Island


Goat Island Lighthouse & Newport Bridge

Rhode Island is the smallest of the states and has no asbestos industries, but that does not mean that the state has not been touched by mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers. According to data from 1979-2000, almost 200 deaths in Rhode Island were attributed to mesothelioma and another 100 due to asbestosis. Galiher DeRobertis & Waxman has helped workers in Rhode Island recover for their injuries from mesothelioma.

Rhode Island residents were exposed to asbestos in many different ways. Because of its extensive coast line, the Navy developed a facility in Newport and commercial ship repair yards also sprung exposing workers to asbestos products used in the repair of ships. Power plants and other industrial facilities used asbestos insulating products on the high temperature steam lines and equipment in these facilities. In construction projects, asbestos was present as it was used in many applications from insulating materials to construction materials such as wall board joint compound to floor and roof tiles.

Hundreds of Rhode Island residents have died as a result of asbestos exposure over the past 40 years. Because asbestos-related cancers develop decades after exposure, asbestos-related deaths continue to be found among people in Rhode Island. Experts believe that the incidence of mesothelioma will continue to rise for many years before reaching its peak, followed by a gradual decline. Thousands of mesothelioma cases will continue to be diagnosed nationally for many years to come.


Below is a list of occupations that put Rhode Island workers at a known risk of asbestos exposure. If you worked in one of these occupations in the 1980s or earlier, there is a good chance that you were exposed to asbestos:

  • Aircraft Mechanics & Repairmen
  • Automobile Mechanics
  • Boilermakers
  • Brick and Stone Masons
  • Carpenters
  • Chemical Plant Workers
  • Construction Workers
  • Crane and Hoist Men
  • Drill Press Operators
  • Drywall Tapers
  • Electric Power Linemen & Cable Men
  • Electricians
  • Engineers
  • Firefighters
  • Foundry Workers
  • Grinding Machine Operators
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanics
  • HVAC Workers
  • Industrial Engineers
  • Industrial Plant Workers
  • Insulators
  • Iron Workers
  • Laborers
  • Machine Operators
  • Machinists
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Merchant Marines
  • Metal Lathers
  • Painters
  • Pipefitters
  • Plasterers
  • Plumbers
  • Power Plant Workers
  • Railroad Workers
  • Roofers and Slaters
  • Sheet metal Workers
  • Shipyard Worker
  • Steamfitters
  • Textile Operators
  • Tile Setters
  • U.S. Navy Veterans
  • Welders


The following is a list of some of the Rhode Island job sites where there is a documented use of asbestos products. If you or a family member worked at one of these places, you may be at a heightened risk of asbestos disease.

If you believe that you may have been exposed to asbestos at your own job, please contact a mesothelioma attorney for more information. There are many other job sites in Rhode Island where asbestos was used.


  • Gordon Besser & Company
  • Narragansett Electric Company
  • Brown Job
  • Modern Fabricating Corp
  • Narragansett Electric Company – South Street Plant
  • New Asphalt Plant
  • Newport Naval Base – Bldg #1928, East Providence
  • Northboro School, East Providence
  • Providence College – Boiler House
  • Weybosset Hill Office Bldg
  • A C and S, Inc.
  • Rhode Island School Of Nursing
  • Brand Insulation Co.
  • Cities Service Oil Co.
  • Leach Refractories, East Providence
  • Providence College
  • Rhode Island Covering Company, Inc.


  • Sergeant & Wilbur
  • McHale Warehouse
  • Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp.
  • Pantex Pressing Machine Co.
  • Eastern Supply Co.
  • Marvin Corp.
  • Northeast Insulation


  • Us Navy – C B Base
  • Naval Air Station


  • Naval Air Station


  • Naval Supply Depot
  • Newport Naval Station – Marine Barracks – Underground SteamlineS
  • Public Works Center Bldg 354 – Coddington Poin
  • U. S. Naval Training Center – Heating Plant Extension – Coasters Island
  • U. S. Naval Training Station – Permanent Subsistence Bldg
  • Underwater Ordinance Station – U. S. Naval Base – U. S. Naval Station


  • Westford Training School
  • Brand Insulation Co.


  • New England Container Co., Inc.


  • Northeast Insulation


  • Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp.


The high levels of asbestos used in Rhode Island’s industries are reflected in the health of Rhode Island workers. Hundreds of Rhode Island workers have died from asbestos related diseases over the past forty years. Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer of the lining of the lungs and abdomen, which is caused by asbestos exposure.

Like other asbestos diseases, mesothelioma has a long latency period. This means that a person usually develops mesothelioma long after the initial exposure to asbestos – usually between 10 and 50 years later. Due to this latency period, the number of Rhode Island mesothelioma deaths continues to rise even though asbestos is seldom used in Rhode Island today.

In 2009, the US Centers for Disease Control released data showing that Rhode Island had an age-adjusted death rate for mesothelioma of 12.4 deaths per million per year. Other statistics have reported from 1979-2001 there were over 150 mesothelioma cases in Rhode Island.


Galiher DeRobertis & Waxman has worked on behalf of workers from Rhode Island to help them recover compensation for their mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, and you believe you were exposed to asbestos in Rhode Island, it is important that you contact a skilled attorney with experience in asbestos litigation. In addition, time is of the essence, because you have a limited amount of time to file suit.

We urge you to contact one of our mesothelioma lawyers for a free consultation. We can help you investigate the sources of your exposure, and determine what companies were responsible.